Recently, a group of us Fluty-type people were having a conversation about how we memorize music, and someone posted the question:” do you look away when you memorize music, and where do you look?”, which prompted someone to introduce the concept of Learning Styles.
Studies have been done about the way – and why – a person will avert their eyes when they think. It turns out that, according to some researchers, the direction that you look reveals the way you think and learn! How cool is that?
According to this chart, if you continue to look straight ahead, make eye contact, or your eyes drift upward, you are a “visual” learner. This learner also might be a fast talker.
If your eyes move from side-to-side, or typically cut to your “off” side (to the left, for those who are right-handed, to the right for those who are left-handed), you are an auditory-learner. You might also speak with a rhythmic voice.
And finally, if you typically look to the right, move around a lot, and speak slowly, you might be a “kinesthetic”, or hands-on, learner.
This information is further expanded upon in this reader-friendly study write up.
This stuff is really fascinating. I love to learn about the ways that people learn, because I’m always looking for better ways to not only teach Josh, but to teach the boys in my Pack. If I can become accomplished at reading their “learning styles”, I can impart MUCH more information to them in a way that they can access. How cool is that?